Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King City Government Center

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King City Government Center (HM3YR)

Location: Harrisburg, PA 17101 Dauphin County
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N 40° 15.601', W 76° 52.957'

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This building, the only municipal headquarters building in the world to be named after the civil rights leader, was built for and has served as Harrisburg's City Hall since June, 1982. As part of its efforts to revitalize Center City Harrisburg, municipal government made the commitment to erect this structure that stands as a symbol for being a catalyst to the growth and improvement which has subsequently occurred both downtown and city-wide. the building represents the third generation of development to occupy this site; first by frame residences of the early 1800's when many homes still faced Market Square and later by the old Calder Building and a popular Harrisburg eatery, "The Spot," which subsequently moved up N. Second Street. The City Government Center features a stunning interior and sky-lit atrium and is joined over Strawberry Alley with the McCormick Public Services Center facing Walnut Street. The City Government Center is the site of many ceremonies and public functions. The front plaza, Menaker Plaza, is named for the first woman elected to public office in the city, Miriam Menaker. The public art, named "Crystal," was done in 1982 by nationally-acclaimed sculptor Roy Gustow.
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Late 1800's view of first generation development, an old stagecoach station, at the site of the City Government Center. Strawberry Alley is to the right.
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1940's view of the Calder Building and the Spot Restaurant looking west from Market Square where the City Government Center now stands.
HM NumberHM3YR
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: The Harrisburg History Project series
Placed ByThe Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 12:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 339906 N 4458317
Decimal Degrees40.26001667, -76.88261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 15.601', W 76° 52.957'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 15' 36.06" N, 76° 52' 57.42" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 119 Strawberry St, Harrisburg PA 17101, US
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